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it now than when you're at the brink of bankruptcy. >> reporter: the official motto here is a city with a bright future. now lawyers for various interested parties are fighting over dwindling assets. mary snow, cnn, central falls, rhode island. topping the news at this hour, the u.s. credit standing takes a hit after taking the country's top rating down a beg for the first time ever yesterday. the s&p said there is plenty of blame to go around and it won't be easy to get the top rating back. >> it will take a while to get back to aaa. once lose it, it doesn't usually bounce back in that way. but i think a key debate will be coming up regarding the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. because if you didn't let them lapse for the high income earners, that could give you another $950 billion. the question there is, a, to be
on top of what we've already achieved with the $2.1 trillion or would that, if it was agreeable, which is big a if, you could envision that being counted toward the 1.5 that the congressional committee is looking to achieve. >> moody's and fitch, the other leading rating agencies have affirmed the top rating but they have raised concerns about tuesday's long term prospect. so in practical terms, what does a aaa versus a aa plus rating mean for you? a bump in interest rates? that mean you may see a bump in your mortgage bill, car loans, student loans, market strategists say it might be a good time to take a closer look at your investments including your 401(k) and consider dialing down your risk. so just how big a deal is this? poppy harlow is here to break it down. and poppy, a big deal? not such a big deal?
do we know yet? >> can i say all the above? this is a big deal in that it has never happened before this country. we have enjoyed a pristine aaa credit rating as far back as we can remember. this is the first downgrade in history. to your point we don't know yet. not a big deal, what does it mean for the people at home? what does it mean for the stock market? since it is uncharted territory, we don't know what it means. it could be dramatic on either side. what is critical here is the timing. this comes at a point in time when our economy is so weak fundamentally. at a point in time when we saw the worst sell-off. i talked to the traders after the close of raiding on friday and this is the one thing that they were worried about heading into monday's session. whether or not s&p would downgrade the credit of this country. a few hours later they did exactly that how many wall street reacts, how the stock
market reacts is yet to be seen. historically when we saw the downgrade of canada in the '90s, japan in the '90s, the stocks rebounded. their economies are very, very different than the u.s. economy. so it is yet to be seen if that's how it will play out here. psychologically, this is very significant. this is a huge blow to an already weak economy with very, very high unemployment. and an american public that is very frustrated with the lack of leadership in washington coming to a deal on the debt ceiling until the 11th hour which was part of, as you know, joe, s&p's doigs downgrade. >> so they really sort of got into the politics of the deal if you will. isn't that kind of unusual for a rating agency to sort of weigh in on a sovereign government's politics? >> that is a very good point. it is a bit unusual. but necessary. you will hear people say on both
sides that wasn't their place but i want to read you what they said. pretty harsh language that came in their decision. s&p said the political brinksmanship of recent events highlight what we see as america's government and policy making become less effective and less predictable than what we previously thought. that was the headline of their report them looked at the fiscal pads this country is on and said the numbers don't make sense to hold that aaa credit rating and possibly, and more importantly, your political system is not as strong and effective and working the way that we think it should be to give you a aaa credit rating. it is not unprecedented for a rating agency to do this but it is certainly not necessarily what we were expecting to hear. i think it is the most interest part of this. that it clearly says if washington had acted together, acted more quickly and didn't wait until the 11th hour, this may not have happened. we don't know but that was part of their decision making and a pretty big part of it.
>> poppy harlow in new york, thanks so much for that. not surprisingly, reaction to the down grade from republican presidential politicians was fast and furious. mitt romny said it came the latest casualty and president obama's failed record on leadership on the economy. this is a deeply troubling indicator of our country's decline u7bd president obama. this refraction michele bachmann. i call on the president to seek the immediate resignation of treasury secretary timothy gither in. and john huntsman says for far too long we've let reckless government spending go unchecked and the cancerous debt afflicting our nation has spread. we need new leadership in washington committed to fiscal responsibility and a balanced
budget. another big story today, it may be the deadliest single incident involving u.s. troops in ten years of fighting in afghanistan. an army chinook helicopter crashed overnight in an eastern province. at least 31 u.s. special forces troops were reported killed. the u.s. officials confirm most are members of the u.s. navy's elite s.e.a.l. teams. a retired army general told me why he thinks those troops were operating in such a remote place. >> on the isaf operational update, the public operational update today, there was a report in that same area that coalition forces had been going against some irn ed makers. there may be a connection between two. but i think all of us understand the tremendous cost that ieds have had both in iraq and afghanistan. if they got a major krecell, ths what they might want to send the
special operations unit against. >> we'll have more on this live with our pentagon correspondent in just a minute. back in this country, a verdict in the controversial shootings case of the danziger bridge in new orleans. four former officers and another were found guilty of depriving of their rights and civil rights violations. two men were shot in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. four others wounded. the families of the victims welcome the verdict. the fbi is searching for three florida siblings. they're accused of shooting at a police officer during a high-speed chase near tampa and robbing a bank in jork a machine gun. the two brothers and a sister are all in their early 20s. police say they sent an ominous text to their mom saying, there is a time for all of us to die. polygamist sect leader warren jeffs is back in court
today for the penalty phase of his trial. he faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault. the 12 and 15-year-olds were called, his so-called spiritual wives. 31 american troops are dead in a military helicopter crash in afghanistan. we've confirmed several new details. cnn's pentagon correspondent joins me live. ♪
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>> new details just in. we now know what these navy s.e.a.l.s were doing when they flew into this remote area of eastern afghanistan. an administration official confirming the s.e.a.l.s were on a mission to try and rescue other troops. they were functioning as what the military calls a quick reaction force, moving into these remote mountains to try to help out another unit that had been pinned down in a firefight and needed help. as you say, 31 americans dead in this helicopter incident. of those 25 were u.s. special forces. 22 of them, joe, u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. the majority of the s.e.a.l.s came from the same unit that sent the s.e.a.l.s in to the osama bin laden raid in pakistan earlier this year. several sources are telling us that the military has run a check on all of the names, and that none of the killed in action today were on the bin laden raid themselves. this how, is shaping up to be
one of the most tragic days. not just for the u.s. military but for the special operations community which has really been carrying a very heavy combat load in eastern afghanistan, doing these raids, doing these missions day after day, night after night. >> you say we also know that they were under fire at the time, or at least there was some enemy fire at the time. >> absolutely. what our administration sources are telling us is, yes, there were reports at the time of enemy fire in the area. and although there will be a full military investigation, at least one official tells me, at this time, there is good reason to believe that it was brought down by enemy fire. and you know, clearly this other unit that the s.e.a.l.s were going to try to rescue, they were pinned down in a firefight with insurgents. so this was a very hot combat zone when they flew in. joe? >> do we know any more about the
people they were essentially going in to try to rescue? >> we do not at this point. that information so far has not been revealed or discussed by the military other than to say this was a unit of military personnel. the way it was described to me, already in contact with the insurgents. clearly meaning they were already engaged in a firefight, pinned down. they called for help. the s.e.a.l.s come as a so-called quick reaction force. a qrf. they are always on standby. these reaction forces to help any troops in trouble them move very quickly. they're trained to do this. they're very highly trained. and they move very quickly to get on the helicopter and get to this area to try to help. tragically, they ran into insome serious trouble on the way. >> now we know the president of the united states is out of camp david in maryland right now. the white house released a picture of him on the phone. do you have any idea who it was
that alerted the president to the fact that this had occurred and who is keeping him updated? >> well, admiral mike mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs, the white house security, national security staff, defense secretary leon panetta. these are the normal chain of command personnel in washington that are immediately notified when an incident of this magnitude and tragedy takes place. clearly they move very quickly to notify the president, bring him up to date and continue to brief him throughout the day. you know, i think one of the real indicators of the magnitude of this is the white house put out a statement, the nato secretary general put out a statement. this is a, they typically don't do that for each and every sadly, combat death in the war zone. the fact that this went right to the level of the war house and
the nato shows how it is unfolding and taking place. >> absolutely. thank you so much, barbara starr in washington, d.c. the navy s.e.a.l.s the best of the best. the united states puts a lot of time and effort and money, quite fra frankly, into making sure they can go anywhere and do anything. thanks for your reporting. the former prime minister of ukraine went to jail yesterday. these people rallied outside the courtroom after police took her away in handcuffs. she left office last week and now on trial, charged with corruption. yesterday the judge ordered her arrested and removed from the courtroom saying she was disrupting the trial. the president of venezuela says this is his new look. president hugo chavez appeared on state tv a few days ago with most of his hair shaved off. he underwent a round of chemotherapy last month in cuba. here's his more familiar look.
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someone stole the elderly woman's air conditioning unit. she had no idea. she said her house was hot. i said your house is hot because your air conditioning system is gone. >> reporter: the unit was ripped out of this cage. the family has put in a new one. grissom reported it stolen. two days later, she died. >> what do you think should happen to the people who stole this air conditioning unit? >> they need to be put away. that's what needs to happen them need to be, they need life in prison for doing some stuff like that. i mean, they caused her to die. >> protecting the most vulnerable is an urgent concern for social service agencies like the salvation army. it is opening cooling stations and targeting the homeless. they're giving out water and keeping emergency shelters out 24 hours. the shelter director said it is a matter of life and death. >> have you seen people who have come in with heat exhaustion? on the verge of passing out and
everything like that? >> sometime we have guys at the front gate them passed out at the front gate and we have to bring them in. >> passed out from the heat? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: some of the hottest spots in major urban areas are on the roadways. >> can i help you? >> reporter: inside the command center of the north texas toll way authority, they're on the lookout for strand drivers. they can monitor roadway temperature in real-time. >> when someone breaks down and they're out in these temperatures on the roadway system, it is very dangerous. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. workers are recording temperature of 105 degrees. 18 inches below the toll roads. that can cause roadways to buckle and crack. but this is the most stunning number of all. if you're standing on a paved bridge in this urban jungle, temperatures are reaching almost 142 degrees. >> the actual temperatures are going to be beyond what we've experienced in the past. and we've not really seen
roadway temperatures like this, probably ever. >> 135 degrees. 18 inches below the roadway. that's nuts, folks. unfortunately, there is no immediate relief in sight. these storaging temperatures are expected, these scorching temperatures are continuing. >> today is day 36 in a row where they've had 100 degrees plus. that's a consecutive streak, not to mention what they had prior to that on and off imagine dealing with temperatures like that. the problem you is don't cool down at night. there is some relief in sight. primarily for the central plains. you'll get a bit of a break across texas and oklahoma. we're talking about by the end of the week. our jet stream pattern will dip down. some cooler layer filter in. say by wednesday into thursday, and then into friday.
we'll see the temperatures. they'll be at or near normal. put that into perspective. the average high in dallas this time of year is 97 degrees. so when you're talking about 97 to 99 for heat relief, is that really heat relief? it's a lot better than 108. kansas city, your break will be more dramatic. 96 degrees for a high today. by wednesday, we're talking about a high of 81. that's incredible. you're going to be getting showers and thunderstorms. memphis looking at 100 today, dropping down to 92 by the middle of the week. that's some improvement. we'll stay hot and we have a number of days to go while it will be feeling like 100 to 115. there has been some brief relief in terms of showers and thunderstorms. that will bring in the cloud cover and bring down the cloud cover. i want to mention they are sbooulg the northeastern corridor. if you have some travel plans, we do expect to see some additional delays at the airport as well as san francisco, and
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the white house is renewing efforts to create jobs and president obama is paying attention to one group that faces some particular challenges finding work. veterans. i want to bring in athenna jones. how is the president hoping to spur hiring for veterans? >> the president wants to help returning veterans get a better education, get training and make their transition to civilian life easier. he wants to encourage tax credits. we're told as of june, there were 1 million unemployed veterans in the country. the president talked yesterday about the importance of taking care of our nation's veterans at this jobs event. let's listen to what he had to say. >> our incredible service member and women need to know america values them not just for what they can do in uniform but for what they can do when they come home. we need them to keep making
america strong. our companies need skilled workers like our veterans to grow. there is no reason why we can't connect the two. >> now one quick thing about this, the way this tax credit would work. if a company hires a veteran that has been out of work for at least four weeks, they get a tax credit of up to $2400. if they hire a veteran who has been out of work for six months or more, that tax credit would double to up to $4,800. this is just one of the proposals the administration has put forward, joe. >> sort of a tiered thing there. thank you very much. arthurburns here now. he he tolledy knows the difficulties veterans face in the job market. the president of the coalition for homeless veterans. a group that helps veterans get off the street, pick up their skills, get a new job. we heard what she said. and we've been following this kind of closely. the president is doing something that some other administrations
have at least taken a stab at, if you will. how is this different than what previous administrations have tried to pull off? >> first of all, i'm the former president of the national coalition for homeless veterans and i've been out of the arena for quite a while. however, the problems are the same. in that we have multiple layers of administration within every administration. in other words, bureaucracy process that will probably heat up roughly 35% in administrative costs for administering the problems and establishing the regulatory process. >> they're taking money away. >> sure, sure. no doubt about it. when you think about it, if you go back to the first george bush administration which the homeless veterans reintegration program started. if you go all the way back to when we had health education and
welfare and we started within the u.s. department of education. veterans, all of these programs were designed to help veterans transition, or soldiers transition from military life to civilian life. either focusing on education or focusing on employment. you have veterans redeployment and training act. >> this was just tax credits. >> tax credits which is somewhat different. it is a, they don't put the front end in. the training, the transition. and making that all part of it. to be put igt under one umbrella. one place. one administrative stream to manage that. >> less bureaucracy. but they're doing it on the back end. >> yeah. everybody wants to see results. >> so you tell the company, if you the this, we'll give you the tax credit. >> absolutely. and for those companies will hire. some companies will actually
hire, get the tax credits. and in the first sign of trouble, you know, the first, last hire, first fire. >> they're out. >> do you think it will work? >> i think the concept is a great concept. i think the president is on the right page. i would just like to think we have a patriotic population that says we are going to put something behind our lip service and hire these vets. tax credits or not. no. >> you're talking about the companies. >> they need to step up. this whole indecision they have about hiring people. the best way to get the best workers is to hire those who are willing. and veterans are willing to work. they are ready to work. all they need is just a little bit of guidance to say this is what we want you to do. >> it is kind of funny, the president came this week after all this talk about budget cutting, do you all get a little bit worried that you throw a program like this out there, and it will end up on the chopping
block because they're trying to save money? >> absolutely. absolutely. it is not going to be enough to service everybody that's out there. so you start prioritizing who do you think, what communities do you think, which politician sfes loudest. they'll get a piece of that pie and other places will be left out. so then when we start cutting back, what programs do you think will be the first ones to go? those that don't have an effective track record. >> the thing we really haven't said is that these are people who have gone overseas. they've been shot at. they've had all kinds of things. they've come back, they've been injured or whatever. the question is what will the government do for them now? >> we are the government. and if we stand by and we say, we support our troops. with you then when they come home, we say, oh, okay, do the best you can. every war we've done that. >> a whole bunch of us have had people in our families.
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his fate rests with the jury. talking about warren jeffs. convicted of sexually sauling young girl who belong to his religious sect today. a jury in st. angelo, texas, is deciding how to sentence him. beth is there. what on earth can the jury hear today that they haven't already heard today during the guilt or innocence phase? >> reporter: well, right now, the jury is hearing testimony about other pacts warren jeffs engaged in that weren't the subject of the two sexual assault crime he's already been convicted of by this jury. those acts include specifics involving group sex, and homosexuality, swhaels the mandates of his father, who preceded him as prophet of the flds church said about marriages.
for example, he said 20 years and older was the proper age to marry. we now know that warren jeffs had 24 wives under the age of 17. out of his toll of 79 wives. the jury is about to hear from a now adult nephew who is going to tell them about how when he was 5, 6, 7 years old, his uncle warren used to take him out of sunday school and sodomize him in the bathroom. so that's coming up this afternoon. >> so this guy could get what? life in prison? more if that's possible? >> reporter: yeah. he's facing a max of life in bring. the jury will decide that. that's what happens in texas. the defendant asked for it and they almost always do. the second phase of the trial and 90 crime such as capital cases them could sfens him to as little as 5 years on the aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old or as little as 2 years for the assaults.
but the mac is life and any snens between as well. >> and this guy represented himself. and one of the interesting things, usually when you get somebody representing themselves, they don't do a very good job. how did he make out? >> reporter: well, that rule wasn't broken in this case. i'll tell you, he ascertained a religion defense. he kept saying, religious persecution, i have freedom of religion in this country, this isn't right. that is not a defense. it didn't work with this jury and is probably the reason why he fired a nufl lawyers he's had during the pendency of this case since december 2008. in the raid of his ranch was in april 2008. he is now added another lawyer to his team, by the way, today. a lawyer who sits in the hall to consult with him. he is not in the courtroom. he is across the courtroom in another room. he was asked to be removed and doesn't want to face the witnesses who are talking about his history of abuse. >> a fascinating case.
thanks so much, beth karas and we will be following that case. earlier today i talk with our legal guys about the jeffs case and asked if they were surprise that had the jury in this case deliberated for just three hours. >> it would have been much longer except he didn't put a defense on. it really, i don't think it was a surprise to anyone. what we learned in the trial is that warren jeffs and his yearning for zion wasn't yearning for zion. he was yearning for children. the evidence was overwhelming. no question we were looking at both a sexual assault and then aggravated sexual assault. that is what the jury is thinking about right now in penalty because they are now hearing evidence from many of the people that went through this experience, personal sexual experiences, as children. and the evidence will continue to be presented all the way through monday. probably up to tuesday when they'll finally make a decision on how long he will spend in jail.
you're looking at life, i think. >> do you agree, richard? this is a case where you've got all this evidence. we're probably going to reach some type of decision on the sentencing phase around tuesday. do you think this is life in prison? >> joe, if they could give him more than life, they would do that. this guy made a big mistake. he messed with texas. you don't want to do that. so now this exprophet, current child rapist who will get sentenced, will get hammered by this jury. the tape-recordings that were played for this jury were devastating. it was not a complex case. it was a stream-lined prosecution. other prosecution should learn from this. it was a stream-lined prosecution. the jury ate it up. it was a horrific case. he put on no defense. he sat there like a lunatic. he fired all of his attorneys.
now during the sentencing phase, he stands up in court and tells the judge, remove me from the court. i can't see my religion persecuted like this. so the judge said fine, you're out. putting the attorneys to represent him. i mean, it is brutal. now the testimony that's coming in is devastating, joe. this jury is not going to tolerate it. he is facing 90 years on the 12-year-old and 22 on the 15-year-old. he is going to get it all. >> you can catch our legal guys every saturday at noon eastern. e i have high blood pressure. what's that thing? another medication. ♪ i really should have taken my shoes off before i got weighed. [ female announcer ] you've got a lot on your mind. that's why every walgreens prescription goes through a 10 point safeguard check that reviews your current walgreens health record for allergies and potentially harmful drug interactions. [ kate ] i can do this. [ female announcer ] the 10 point safeguard check from walgreens. there's a way to stay well.
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pet supply store. >> apparently he's done commercials. there's even talk about him getting his own reality show. >> i could never skate board. >> come on. >> if you look at him, he has a really low center of gravity. it's the same with kids. if you get a tall guy trying to, you know, skate board and you'll fall and break your head in a minute. and it looks like he could use some water. anyway, where is that? it's got to be hot out there. >> this is portland, he's making some appearances this weekend. and he's got his own facebook page. and the people that were posting had pictures of dogs. >> it's kind of hard for him to friend people, i would think. >> he's low to the ground, he's a stout dog so he's got that center of gravity. >> does he tweet too? >> i didn't check the twitter out, but perhaps he does. yeah, you don't see a lab, or
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